So many journals and so much information within their pages. Many ignore the likes of the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries in Ireland, what do genealogists want with an 'Antiquarian' journal. The first thing that spring to mind is archaeology when one thinks of antiquaries. The same can be said for all these journals lists as 'Archaeological and Historical' journals. What could possibly be in them that would be relevant to the family historian, the genealogist? History in school is always presented as facts and figures, so what would we find in an archaeological and historical journal?
A wealth of information - to those who went before the words 'antiquary' meant 'about things past' and that covered everything. They wrote parish histories, the gave lists and lists of names, they spoke of historical events - but not in the same way that we are 'taught' history in school. These were people who loved localities and topics with a passion and so they wrote about these places and these things. They wrote of folklore, traditions, customs, old words, meanings of words, placenames. It is in the older journals that we find the most information relevant to the genealogist. Todays publications tend to be more archaeological in content than in the past. Gradually, this web site will list the articles in these journals. Beginning now, with the first five years of 'Seanchas'; 'The Journal of the Waterford and South East of Ireland Archaeological and Historical Society' and 'The Journal of the Kildare Archaeological and Historical Society'. Two months from now, another five years will be added to each of these pages and a start will be made on 'The Irish Ancestor'; 'The Irish Genealogist'; 'The Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society' and 'The Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society'.
Some of the journals listed here no longer exist, some may only have been published for a few years or a few volumes, some are the result of divisions of an earlier society, and some are the journals as named before that division. Some are produced by Historical Societies and others are simply published by enthusiastic local people on an annual basis.
Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Historical Society Journal
Arklow Historical Society Journal
Bandon Historical Journal
Benbradagh - Dungiven parish magazine
Blackrock Society Proceedings
Bray Historical Record
Carlow past and present
Carrickfergus and District Historical Society Journal
Charleville and District Historical Society Journal
Clogher Record - Clogher Historical Society
Cork Genealogical Society Journal
Craigavon Historical Society Review
DÃ¡l na gCais
Donegal Annual - Donegal Historical Society
Down & Connor Historical Society Magazine
Dublin Historical Record (Journal of the Old Dublin Society)